Raro Video will be releasing the second volume of Fernando Di Leo’s crime films in a three piece set on Blu-Ray or DVD including the films Shoot First, Die Later, Kidnap Syndicate and Naked Violence. For those of you unfamiliar with Di Leo’s films, I have included the trailers & synopses below the official Press Release info. For fans of Reservoir Dogs or just crime & heist films in general, you will find some delight in these Di Leo films. Bravo to Raro for giving these films the TLC that was needed.
LOS ANGELES - (May 30, 2013) – Hailed by cinephiles for expertly restoring rare films by influential filmmakers and publishing them with compelling extras, Italian film label Raro Video announces the company will debut a second volume of the critically acclaimed and commercially successful films of the “Master of mafia mayhem” Fernando Di Leo.
Outstanding in bold, intricately plotted, ultra-violent stories about pimps and petty gangsters, director and writer Fernando Di Leo perfected the genre with an uncanny accuracy that prefigured the works of Quentin Tarantino and John Woo.
Raro Video U.S. collects some of his finest work in FERNANDO DI LEO: THE ITALIAN CRIME COLLECTION VOLUME 2, a three-DVD set that includes Di Leo’s lost masterpiece, Shoot First, Die Later, which has never been available on DVD or Blu-ray anywhere in the world before now, along with Kidnap Syndicate and Naked Violence .The set also contains an impressive list of extra bonus features. FERNANDO DI LEO: THE ITALIAN CRIME COLLECTION VOLUME 2 will arrive on DVD and Blu-ray on June 25.
FERNANDO DI LEO: THE ITALIAN CRIME COLLECTION VOLUME 2
Price: $49.98 (Blu-ray)$39.98 (DVD)
Street Date: June 25, 2013
Pre-Order Date: May 28, 2013
Running time: 292 minutes
Distributor: KINO LORBER
DVD UPC: 816018010517
Blu-ray UPC: 816018010524
Language: Italian and English with optional English subtitles
New HD Transfer from original 35 mm negative print / Digitally restored / Original trailers
New and improved English subtitle translation
Documentary/The Master of the Game
Documentary/The Second Round of the Game
Documentary/Fernando di Leo at the Cinemathèque Française
Documentary/Violent Cities: the Other Fernando di Leo’s Trilogy
Fully illustrated booklet containing critical analysis
SHOOT FIRST, DIE LATER
One of the most impressive Italian crime/police movies ever made, desperately sought after and never before released worldwide, Raro Video is proud to be releasing the tough, exciting, dramatically potent, action packed film: Shoot First, Die Later. Luc Merenda gives the performance of his career as a highly regarded police detective who is taking syndicate money in exchange for departmental favors. His father, a simple man, also works for the department but at a lower level; he isn’t jealous of his son, but rather proud of him, little knowing that he’s a crooked cop. A series of events leads the young detective to ask his father for a favor (he wants a certain police report that is desired by the syndicate) and it doesn’t take long for the detective’s father to realize his son is on the take, which leads to numerous complications.
Fabrizio, a blue collar kid is friends with Antonio, a son of the extremely rich but incredibly repugnant businessman Filippini. When criminals kidnap Antonio in front of school, the brave Fabrizio tries to prevent this and the nervous kidnappers pull him into the car as well. They demand a huge ransom for the boys, but when the fathers of the two boys try to get the boys back on their own terms they get entangled in gangster mayhem.
A teacher of an evening school for youngsters with social problems is brutally raped and murdered right in her classroom. The only suspects are the students and the police are surprised to find them all quietly in their homes. There is a reason. Each kid declares that he did not participate in the brutality but was forced to watch. The police officer Lamberti has reasons to believe that someone, an adult, has orchestrated the kids whose name they are too afraid to mention.
If you want to check out Volume 1 of the Di Leo Italian Crime Collection, Amazon has a sweet deal on it. Four films for $25. Check it out here:
Directors featured in the Raro Video catalog include: Federico Fellini, Michelangelo Antonioni, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Luchino Visconti, Roberto Rossellini, David Lynch, Derek Jarman, Shinya Tsukamoto, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Jean-Luc Godard, Werner Herzog, Lars von Trier, Lucio Fulci, Mario Bava, Francesco Barilli, Tinto Brass, Jean Cocteau, Pedro Almodovar, Martin Scorsese and more.
Available now from Raro Video U.S.: The Vanquished, The Clowns, The Anger, Live Like A Cop, Die Like A Man, Body Puzzle, The Visitor, Come Have Coffee With Us, The Overcoat, Murder Obsession, The Secret of Dorian Gray, Crime of Love, Young, Violent, Dangerous, Steam – The Turkish Bath, The Night of the Devils, Madness, The Automobile, To Be Twenty, Conversation Piece, The Perfume of the Lady in Black, Plot of Fear, Waves of Lust, Ubaldo Terzani Horror Show and The Fernando Di Leo Crime Collection Vol. 1.
In addition, the company brings over 60 titles each year to the home entertainment market with DVD and Blu-ray releases as well as digital distribution on all platforms.